Education Programs & Webinars

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED
The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) and the Penn State College of Medicine’s Public Health Program have announced a one-day conference:
Understanding Public Health in Pennsylvania: A Retrospective Review and Forecast for the Coming Year – April 3, 2018 – Eden Inn and Suites – Lancaster, PA 
The conference will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations.  Abstracts are now being accepted on topics that address:

  • Community and Health Advocacy
  • Best Practices in improving the health of special and underserved populations, with a special focus on migrant and immigrant farmworkers
  • The use of data-driven and evidence-based practices in public and community health

Abstracts can be submitted here.

Free CME On Particle Pollution, Cardiovascular & Respiratory Health

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are offering a new, free CME course, “What is particle pollution, How does it impact cardiovascular and respiratory health, What can you do about it?” for primary care.  It defines what is particle pollution and how to identify patients at greatest risk for health problems from exposure, describes cardiovascular and respiratory impacts, and uses patient education to reduce risk.  It features case studies and patient education tools. Click on the links for course details and to take the course.

Disparities Leadership Program

Communicating with Patients on Difficult/Sensitive Topics

Are you looking for a way to discuss a difficult or sensitive topic with a patient?  Digital stories and a matching informational brief may help to build a connection between the newly diagnosed patient and someone who is successfully managing the same condition.  The connection may help bring a message of hope, inspiration, and motivation, just what the newly diagnosed patient needs to hear.  The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH) and the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs (CRBBD) offers a series of Information Briefs and Digital Stories on topics such as asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies, and depression.  These are personal stories in which the patient shares their experience and what they do to manage their condition. The CRBBD also offers fact sheets, available in English and Spanish.

Application Deadline:  Feb. 23, 2018
A year-long, hands-on executive education program focused exclusively on helping health care leaders achieve equity in quality. The program is designed to help you translate the latest understanding of the problem of disparities into realistic solutions you can adopt within your organization. The program aims to create leaders prepared to meet the challenges of health care transformation by improving quality for at-risk populations who experience disparities.

SAMHSA Knowledge Network
The Knowledge Network provides a single, searchable portal to SAMHSA’s publicly available online training and technical assistance content with the goal of improving the design and delivery of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. It will help health care practitioners quickly find specific tools and resources (such as webinars, white papers, fact sheets, trainings, and videos).

The Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania, together with the PA Coalition for Oral Health, will be hosting a statewide collaboration to recognize the importance of oral health services delivered through the free clinic network in PA.  By participating in this event, you will learn how other free clinics added and/or expanded oral health services and see how you can apply their experiences to your clinic. And, equally important, you will be part of a discussion to develop action steps for expanding access to oral health using the free clinic health care model.

“Expanding Oral Health Access in PA Using the Free Clinic Model”

Friday, September 22, 2017
9:30AM – 3:00PM

Toftrees Golf Resort, 1 Country Club Lane, State College, PA

Use this link to register and view the agenda:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/expanding-oral-health-access-in-pa-using-the-free-clinic-model-registration-36497036619?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

If you need lodging, we have obtained a special rate of $79+tax at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1221 East College Avenue in State College. Call 814-272-1221 to make a reservation.

To learn more about this meeting contact Margaret Rivello at mrivello@freeclinicspa.org or call 610-350-8122.

Oral Health Webinars

The Pennsylvania Head Start Association and the PA Coalition for Oral Health. They invite you to attend a series of webinars on oral health topics designed for dental and other health advocates serving PA. These webinars are free and can be viewed at your convenience.

“PA Age One Connect the Dots”

Free 1.5 CE credits with completed pre- and post-test

The “PA Age One Connect the Dots” Project supports the current standard of care in the AAPD, ADA, and AAP national recommendations. This seminar educates dental providers to do “Knee-to-Knee” examinations, to understand the importance of the Age One, or baby dental visit, to see more young children in their practices, to increase their productivity by accepting referrals from physicians who are advising families to take their child to the dentist by “Age One” and to bill for preventive services to avoid Early Childhood Caries.

“Introduction to Cavity Free Kids Curriculum”

Free 1.5 CE credits with completed pre- and post-test

In this curriculum, oral health is presented as an ongoing part of preschool education and includes classroom activities and parent and education materials for use in parent meetings, home visits, classroom presentations, and dental office education. Cavity Free Kids was specifically designed for use in Head Start and ECEAP Programs, but has since been expanded to include all audiences that work with children. Washington Dental Service Foundation combined the expertise an experienced childhood and parent educator and a dental hygienist with a long history of working in public health, to develop this curriculum. This abbreviated introductory course will motivate dental professionals to work with their community groups to better the oral health literacy of those around them. All materials needed for curriculum use will be mailed after course.

“Smiles! Oral Health for Everyone: An Introduction to Oral Health

 For Community Health Workers”

Community Health Workers can help to improve oral health because they are already trusted members of the community and understand community needs; they promote prevention and manage chronic diseases for the rest of the body.  Since CHWs have regular, consistent contact with individuals and families, they are able to be valuable resources for oral health information.
Objectives:
*Explain the relationship between oral health and overall health
*Describe how dental disease can be prevented through daily care
*Demonstrate engaging, hands-on activities to promote oral health for pregnant women, children, families and communities
*Identify resources for oral health in your local area

To view the webinars, please visit: paoralhealth.onlinewebinars.org

“Cavity Free Kids” and “PA Age One Connect the Dots” will require you to complete a pre- and post-test. After you have completed the pre-test the webinar presentation will begin. Please stick around for a recorded version of the question and answer session afterwards. To access your CE certificate after the webinar, click on the button “Take post-test” after the form has been submitted, you will be able to print out your CE certificate for “Cavity Free Kids” and “PA Age One Connect the Dots”.

Earn Free CME By Watching “Someone You Love – the HPV Epidemic”  

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other interprofessional healthcare team providers are missing opportunities to recommend and vaccinate adolescents with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all boys and girls receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 when the immune response to the vaccine is optimal.  Someone You Love:  The HPV Epidemic offers compelling stories and scientific and medical expertise for clinicians as well as CME on HPV and the HPV vaccine.  The Indiana Immunization Coalition’s HPV Provider Resource Tool Kit is provided along with the film.  The training is available online until July 1, 2018. Click here for more information, including CME information.

CDC Releases Online Training Series to Encourage Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

A new online training series from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can help clinicians apply CDC’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. More than 40 people die from overdoses related to prescribed opioids each day, CDC said. The goal of the guidelines is to encourage safer and more effective prescribing of pain medicine for adults. The training series will include videos, interactive scenarios, tips, and resources on the risks and benefits of prescription opioids, nonopioid alternatives, and strategies for patient communication and risk mitigation. The first resource released is a module called Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Recommendations from CDC. It presents an overview of the guidelines and explains the rationale behind the training series. The next resource will be on communicating with patients. CDC said to routinely check throughout the year for updates to the training program.

Free Mandated Reporters Training with Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

PFSA provides free, face-to-face training for Mandated Reporters in Pennsylvania. The training is approved by the Departments of Human Services, Education and State, is eligible for Act 48 credits and meets the requirements for required training under Act 126 and Act 31. Participants receive a certificate of completion for their records. Schedule a free on-site training for your agency by submitting a request online or call PFSA at 800-448-4906 to schedule your training session today!

National Association of Free Clinic Symposium 

The 2017 NAFC Charitable Health Care Symposium will be held this year on October 1st– 3rd in Denver (Broomfield), Colorado at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. The symposium is the only national meeting that is specifically designed to address the issues and topics that safety net clinics, organizations, staff, and volunteers face on a daily basis.

To view details and register, follow the link here.

New Ambulatory Care Risk Management Certificate Program
 
ECRI Institute has launched a new Ambulatory Care Risk Management Certificate Program. This self-paced, online training consists of 10 courses offered for FREE to Section-330-funded health centers, free clinics, and federally qualified health center (FQHC) Look-Alikes on behalf of HRSA. Learners who complete the first five courses will receive a Risk Management Level 1 Recognition Certificate, and those who complete the remaining five courses will receive a Risk Management Level 2 Recognition Certificate. Course topics include the following:

  • Introduction to risk management and patient safety
  • Risk identification
  • Culture of safety
  • Risk evaluation and analysis
  • Developing and maintaining a patient safety program
  • Engaging staff in patient safety programs
  • Integrating safety into daily operations
  • Measuring and monitoring safety

For course access, fill out the registration form and someone from ECRI Institute will reply to your request within one business day with your username and instructions for setting your password. (Note that this is separate from your username for the Clinical Risk Management Website and e-Learn.) An unlimited number of individuals from your health center or free clinic can access these courses. Each person will need to register individually. Users can track and view only their own progress. If you have any questions about this program, please contact clinical_rm_program@ecri.org or (610) 825-6000, ext. 5200.

Making the Most of Your 990: A Red Flag Guide for Nonprofits

Many nonprofits mistakenly think that their Form 990 return is less important than the audit. The board may give it a cursory look before signing off on it, but few look carefully at areas that might be seen as red flags to the IRS—never mind reporters and donors. As the IRS lets you know, your 990 is your most public-facing document, the one on which many will judge your organization. What are the most common red flags for reporters and regulators? What can you do to clarify your finances to donors in the place where they’re most likely to access your information?

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Johns Hopkins School and Medicine and Normandale Community College are offering a FREE web-based continuing education program. There are 3 modules: Population Health, Healthcare Data Analytics and Value Based Care.   Note:  Providers can receive up to 58 CMEs for only $45 thanks to a federal grant (until 6/30/17).  The trainings are available to all volunteer or paid staff including non-clinicians.  See attached brochure.

AHRQ Offers New Training Modules to Improve Informed Consent
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two informed consent training modules, Making Informed Consent an Informed Choice (one for hospital executives and one for other healthcare professionals), that focus on improving the informed consent process. AHRQ has found that many patients do not understand the full scope of benefits, risks, or alternatives to treatment options even after signing consent forms. The training module for healthcare leaders offers guidance on policy development, organizational support, and establishing efficient workflows and resources. The training module for other healthcare professionals teaches 10 strategies for engaging patients and families, presenting choices, and using health literacy practices. While these materials are available for free from AHRQ, Joint Commission members can obtain continuing education credits through Joint Commission’s learning management system. In addition to the training modules, AHRQ provides an implementation guide for staff to take advantage of the modules and offers suggestions for how to adopt the recommended improvement strategies. The guide is based on the experiences of four hospitals that participated in a pilot test of the training modules, as well as other hospitals using quality improvement approaches.

Social Media Effectiveness for Public Engagement:
An Example of Small Nonprofits

Download this free guide to take advantage of the benefits of social media as a successful method of public engagement.   Get your free social media guide!